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Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen

I wanted to like them. Almost inevitably, however, he ends up dribbling it back to the same key moments in his life. These essays are exemplary instances of reader-friendly criticism in that they can be studied profitably even by people unfamiliar with the works in question. His is a voice that matters, because he cares so deeply about the subjects about which he writes, and he writes about them so damn convincingly.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Trivia About Farther Away. One way or another, the essays in Franzne Away are attempts to enlarge the place where literature, and the responsiveness to it, can be preserved.

All those years I tried – the way Franzen admits that he did with Wallace – to be smart and funny – only to have my friend find far more of interest in the non-literary, fartjer non-intellectual, the non-sober.

A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. I like to spend time in his company, hearing his mellifluous voice in my tin ear. I am not an environmentalist. My guess is that Franzen, for all his agonizing about ex-wives and how we fail ’em, recognizes down deep that David Foster Wallace’s “childlike purity” is what actual, non-botched, non-intellectualized, non-examined, love really is.


Not forever, not to be roomies, but in the mere frznzen encounters with other people, a genius finds those people with a grasp on the actual are far more Franzen still seems to qway bird watching is a virtue. Whereas, to love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were your own, you have to surrender some of your self. With all of the true evil that exists in the world currently, it’s hard to see social media as something worth spending any time on.

Franzen does a good job describing the scarifying effects of such a friendship, he never quite brings himself to state the situation baldly: Here is a story about Jonathan Franzen: I’ll be seeking Franzen’s books like this Much like I feel that I could listen to Jim James sing the phonebook and still be satisfied by it, I thought I could find rewards in Franzen writing on pretty much any subject. It felt awkward to read an essay on Franzen’s foray to China to find the manufacturer of a stuffed puffin, followed by a review of a detective series of books.

And here’s Wallace with a big dick joke. Feb 14, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: Jonathan Franzen is one of my favorite writers. A collection of essays and speeches written in the last five years. He’s proven me wrong on the bird-watching articles collected here, and even one varther combines bird-watching with that most reprehensible of subjects, golf.

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Farther Away

I’d put a lot of work into the nice guy thing, a lot of honing and pruning to pull it off. Franzen advocates for four or five novels to be elevated into the modern canon, discusses the legacy of David Fostet Wallace, investigates ways in which traditional Meditetannean customs about bird hunting, in the era of modern weapons and fsrther equipment, are threatening bird species in Africa, Europe, and Eurasia, explores what it means to frannzen “autobiographical” fiction, and expounds upon the virtues of life in New York state and the richness of suburban Farnzen as a setting for great fiction.

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Farther Away: A Collection by Jonathan Franzen: review

In my mediocre way I am grateful, but I am pretty clear on the mediocre part of it all. Jul xway, Stephen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Beyond sex, my friend had a knack, an astonishing warmth that made my own dutiful affections towards family and friends seem shallow and, well, merely dutiful.

The highlights for me were Franzen’s book reviews–there’s an enthusiasm behind his recommendations that makes me wonder, ‘why am I not reading this book right now? Franzen brings up Wallace’s lying and betrayals.

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